|Jack-up drill rig off the coast of Lousiana|
|Oil platform with a jack-up barge and a flare tower|
|Launching the magnetometer from our survey boat|
|Potting a solder joint with resin on the new tow cable|
For this upcoming survey we are taking the R/V Ugle Duckling and just about every type of survey equipment we use. This week I have been busy mobilizing the boat and preparing our equipment. We purchased a new tow cable which has meant a lot of time loading and unloading cable, testing each piece of equipment with the new cable, and terminating cables with underwater connectors. Both ends of the cable and every piece of equipment must be fitted with a connector that is waterproof. To attach the connector to the cable it is necessary to solder each wire and then pot the entire junction in a resin that will keep the water out even under extreme pressure. It's a lot of work and my colleague Rich and I have had to put in a few extra hours to stay on schedule.
It doesn't help that we have moved to a new warehouse leaving us a bit more disorganized than usual. There has been a lot of "Hey, have you seen this or that?". I do love the new warehouse and am looking forward to having time this fall or winter to get more organized.